Date of Tips: 11/04/2021
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Plenty has been written and said about Rachael Blackmore in the last month or so, after Henry De Bromhead and her smoothly and skilfully plucked many prizes at the Cheltenham Festival – and I would happily devote all 400 words or so of this daily selection article to attempting to define exactly what it is that makes her so good.
I’ll try not to, and if I drift off in gushing awe, then for your reference, Mannochmore in the Join RacingTV Now Handicap Chase at 3.05, is the each-way bet of the day at 14/1 with Boylesports, who are one of only two firms offering 4 places on the 12-runner race – the other being Sky Bet.
Back to Blackmore, and her quiet, unassuming but oh-so-rapid rise to the very top of the jump racing jockeys tree. Indeed, the rapid nature of the rise will be what has struck many a follower, but I guarantee you that the last 12-24 months, and Blackmore’s path to greatness, will have been built upon the most solid, the most benevolent, and the most hard-working of platforms.
She is skilful, she is talented, she is astute, she is tough (and not just any kind of tough,) she is self-aware, she is modest, she is courteous, she is gracious – if there is finer role model anywhere in modern sport, he or she must be hiding in plain sight, as I can’t place anyone above Rachael Blackmore at present.
The great thing is that she will be exactly the same person amidst all of this, and continue on in her humble, driven, but laser-like precise quest for modestly-achieved success. She is all that is good about people, about sport, and in a world where there has been so much negativity for so many reasons, in the last however long – Rachael Blackmore stands like a beacon of brilliance and positivity.
She is to be championed and to be viewed as a role model for humanity. And you can be sure as sure can be, that she won’t be the one to do so. Greatness personified.
Another lady who had a wonderful experience at Aintree was Lucinda Russell, having saddled the 66/1 winner of the Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle in the shape of Ahoy Senor. Russell and jockey Derek Fox can continue the winning theme for the stable in the 3.05 at Kelso today, as their Mannochmore is a huge price at 14/1 each-way with Boylesports.
Gradually getting the hang of it over fences, Mannochmore will very much appreciate the decent ground on pedigree, and a slight step up in trip at a left-handed and stiffer track compared with Musselburgh last time.